Ford has announced ambitious plans to add around 5,000 jobs next year, open two plants in Asia Pacific and one in South America, and to launch 23 new models around the world. Out of the 23 new models, 16 will launch in North America and include models like the new Mustang, Lincoln MKC and Ford Transit.
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It's being reported that production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is going to be delayed by at least three months due to problems with the truck's aluminum body panels. Ford has decided to employ new aluminum body panels on the next-gen F-150 in an effort to significantly drop the truck's weight, but it looks like some early quality issues have caused some delays.
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Last week Ford officially took the wraps off the much anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang. Last weekend the 2015 Mustang GT attended the Cars and Coffee event in Irvine, CA where attendees got their first chance to see the 2015 Mustang GT in public.
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Yesterday Ford officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang Fastback Coupe at several events around the world, but less focus was placed on the Mustang Convertible. We do know that the Mustang Convertible is powered by the same 2.3L, 3.0L and 5.0L engine lineup as the coupe, but here are some photos from its debut yesterday in Sydney.
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Ford has unveiled the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang, which now has a new more modern design as part of Ford's attempts to make it appeal to a more global audience. Ford is even debuting the new Mustang simultaneously today around the world in six cities.
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Ford has promised that it will finally reveal the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang on December 5, but thanks to Autoweek we now have our first look at the new pony car. These two photos are from the upcoming Autoweek issue and reveal that it will still look like a Mustang, although a much more modern version.
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Next April marks the 50th anniversary since the introduction of the iconic Ford Mustang. While we still have a few more days to wait until Ford reveals the all-new 2015 Mustang, Ford has announced its celebration plans for the Mustang's birthday.
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Just a few months after Ford added production of the Ford Fusion at its Flat Rock, MI plant, Ford is halting production. Fusion inventory numbers have been increasing, so Ford is going to shut down production of the Fusion for one extra week in December. What is causing the increased Fusion inventory? Ford execs are attributing the growing inventory to increased competition from the Toyota Camry.
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Ford is giving the world a preview of its next generation Edge crossover with the introduction of the new Edge Concept. The Ford Edge Concept is going to take the stage today at the LA Auto Show and in addition to previewing the styling of the next Edge, the concept also features new technology like self-parking technology.
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Ford is going to officially unveil the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang on December 5, ahead of its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
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Ford has unveiled the new Ford Ka Concept, which is a concept version of a new compact hatchback that previews a new entry-level compact car for urban consumers in Brazil and other key markets around the world. Ford says that the Ka concept is a preview of a new compact car that could launch in 2014.
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Lincoln has officially unveiled the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV, which is the second model that is part of Lincoln's reinvention. If you liked the MKC concept that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit, you'll be happy to know that not much has changed on the production model.
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Last year Ford announced that the 2014 Ford Fiesta would be offered with its new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which Ford expected would give the Fiesta the title of the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car available in the U.S. Well the EPA has just confirmed that the 2014 Fiesta with the 1.0L engine is rated at 45 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city.
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One of the most anticipated new models that will be arriving soon is the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. Ford has confirmed that the next Mustang will be unwrapped in December, but Car and Driver has apparently leaked the first photos of the 2015 Mustang.
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Ford is going to give some lucky auto writers a sneak peak of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang next week before it's world debut later this year. Ford is inviting a few select writers to its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Of course Ford is making the writers agree to not leak any information out ahead of the Mustang's debut in December, but chances are high that some info will leak out.
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Ford is reportedly going to unveil the all-new 2015 Ford Edge at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Last year Ford confirmed that the new Ford Edge will become a global model, meaning that it will be sold in Europe. While Ford hasn't released any information about the next Edge, this photo from a presentation gives us our first look at the new crossover.
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Ford has unveiled the 2015 F-Series Super Duty pickups at the State Fair of Texas. The 2015 F-Series Super Duty gets a new 6.7L V8 turbo diesel engine, more towing capability and a restyled King Ranch model.
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Ford is celebrating the production of the two millionth turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which launched in 2009. A Ford Escape powered by the two millionth production EcoBoost - a 2.0-liter unit - rolled off the line at Ford's Louisville, Ky., last week.
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Ford has announced that it will auction a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The car is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 mated to a T4 racing transmission, and boasts an optional traction "wheelie" bar, 8.50 ET certified chrome-moly safety cage, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, 9-inch rear axle, and custom Cobra-branded Recaro seats.
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The Ford F-150 SVT Raptop went on sale in 2009, but in 8 of the past 10 months the Raptor has had record sales. Sales in 2013 are also up 14 percent and the Raptor is one of the fastest-turning vehicles on the market with only a 15-day supply on dealer lots.
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Ford has announced the introduction of the 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew and STX Sport Package to the F-150 lineup. Positioned between the base XL and XLT models, STX adds an upgraded exterior and interior features like body-color front bumper fascia, grille surrounds, and front and rear step bumpers; the Power Equipment Group, 17-in wheels; cruise control; a/c and a CD player.
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Ford has released a preview of its new S-Max concept, which is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Ford says that the S-Max reveals Ford's vision for a future sport activity vehicle. The new S‑MAX Concept employs the latest Ford global design language with a high mounted grille, swept-back headlamps and a unique treatment of the vehicle's lower fascia that includes design elements that appear to float within the lower front aperture and above the spoiler.
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Ever since the 2013 Ford C-Max hybrid hit the market Ford has been criticized since the C-Max has failed to meet Ford's claimed 47 mpg rating. We even tested the C-MAX last year and only managed to get in the high 30-mpg range. Ford is now responding to the complaints and has lowered the EPA rating for the C-Max down to a combined rating of 43 mpg.
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Lincoln has previewed its new Lincoln Black Label, which is a collection of new exterior and interior themes for Lincoln's vehicles. The Lincoln Black Label is being showcased on the MKZ and the MKC Concept. Lincoln Black Label eventually will be available on every new Lincoln vehicle. According to Lincoln, "Limited-edition design themes, ultra-premium materials, meticulous execution and elevated client service will be the hallmarks of Lincoln Black Label."
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Ford has unveiled the Everest Concept, which is a preview of the upcoming Australian Everest SUV, which will compete with other SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder. The Everest concept is based on the Ranger, but gets distinct styling to differentiate it from the mid-size pickup.
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Ford has announced that it is expanding the availability of its inflatable rear seat belts to the 2014 Fusion. Ford originally introduced the new seat belts on the 2011 Explorer and the inflatable seat belts are now available on six Ford and Lincoln models: Ford Explorer, Fusion, Flex, Taurus and Lincoln MKT and Lincoln MKZ.
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Ford has announced that the 2014 F-150 will be available with the ability to run on compressed natural gas. The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline.
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The next-generation Ford F-150 is expected to enter production in July 2014 and to prevent any supply disruptions, Ford is going to continue producing the current F-150 alongside the new one for at least six months. The F-150 is the top-selling vehicle in the U.S., so Ford doesn't want to risk any production hiccups that could put that title in jeopardy.
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The Ford Focus Electric's sales have failed to light up, with Ford only selling 177 units last month. The Focus Electric's main competitors have also gotten cheaper this year, so Ford is responding by dropping the price of the 2014 Focus Electric by $4,000 to $35,995.
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Ford has unveiled a new special 2014 Mustang GT that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The unique U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition 2014 Ford Mustang GT will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, Aug. 1 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.
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If you've been missing the Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford is going to make you happy with the 2014 F-150 Tremor. The F-150 Tremor is powered by Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365-hp and 420 lb-ft. of torque. The short-wheelbase, regular-cab Tremor goes on sale this fall with the style of the F-150 FX Appearance Package with flat-black accents that include unique 20-inch flat-black wheels, stylized bodyside graphics and black badges with red lettering.
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Ford is testing a new high tech brake light that can communicate with cars that are behind it. Ford tests early warning car-to-car communication feature that alerts drivers to vehicles braking ahead - even around corners and through traffic. How does it work? The technology called "Electronic Brake Light" transmits a wireless signal to illuminate a dashboard light on following vehicles. According to Ford, the technology could enable drivers to brake earlier and potentially mitigate or avoid a collision.
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Buyers interested in the 2013 Ford Fusion can choose between five different powertrains, which are all efficient in their own right. The top dog is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which in addition to having the same hybrid powertrain as the Fusion Hybrid, the Fusion Energi can also travel up to 20 miles in EV mode. Ford invited us out to St. Louis for a weekend with the Fusion Energi, which would see us traveling down the infamous Route 66 with the trip concluding in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After 400 miles in the midwest behind the wheel of the 2013 Fusion Energi we walked away mostly impressed with Ford's plug-in hybrid midsize sedan.
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Ford is already testing the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang on the streets, which means spy photographers are swarming all over the place trying to grab shots of it. Here's a video of the a 2015 Mustang prototype in action and listen to the sounds of that V8!
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Lincoln is on the cusp of a reinvention with the first of its new lineup being the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Over the next four years Lincoln is planning on introducing four new models, which will reportedly include a new small crossover and compact entry-level model. GM managed to turn around Cadillac with sales now at their highest level in years, but can Ford pull the same success story with Lincoln?
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Ford is going to add more traditional buttons and knobs to its MyFord Touch infotainment system since the current system has hurt Ford in several quality surveys. Customers have complained that the current system is too complicated to use and distracting, so Ford plans to revert back to a more traditional setup.
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Ford has developed the industry's first robotic test driving program to test its trucks and make sure they meet the "Built Ford Tough" standard. Ford is launching the new durability testing with its new Transit van that arrives next year.
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Ford is reportedly looking at adding new models to the Lincoln brand in fast-growing segments to revive the struggling brand. According to Automotive News, Ford is studying new segments like the premium small car and crossover segments, which are expected to grow significantly by 2015.
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Ford and DreamWorks Studios have announced a partnership for the new film "Need for Speed," which will include appearances by many Ford models including a one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang. The "Need for Speed" Mustang features a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels, and larger air intakes to feed the supercharged V8 engine under its classic Mustang twin-nostril hood.
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